North Korea launches two projectiles into sea, Japan and South Korea say

The launch of projectiles comes a day after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un sent a message of condolences over the death of President Moon Jae-in's mother.

The deals did not require America to lift sanctions, but they did require North Korea to work towards "denuclearization of the Korean peninsula".

Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the weapons were fired from a region near the North Korean capital of Pyongyang.

The South Korean government expressed strong concerns over the latest projectile test. and urged the North for an immediate stop, stressing that such acts do not help in easing tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Just $5 a month.

The ministry says it's unlikely that the missile fell in Japan's exclusive economic zone in the Sea of Japan. After an eight-month stalemate, the United States had hoped to breathe new life into the negotiations, but North Korea walked away calling the discussions "sickening".

Kim said in an important policy speech in April that he would give the Trump administration until the end of the year to change its negotiating strategy.

Talks between North Korean and USA officials broke down in Stockholm earlier this month.

"The launch is a display of its warning to both Seoul and Washington that it can carry out more military activities unless the USA comes up with a "new method", said Lim Eul-chul, professor of North Korean studies at Kyungnam University.

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It says the missiles are necessary to defend against new warplanes and weapons acquired by South Korea, including the advanced F-35 stealth fighter jet. "If its missiles fly over Japan, the worldwide impact would be huge because the United States and Japan would find it hard to let it go", he said.

Japan's Coast Guard said in a statement "it appears that North Korea has launched a missile" and advised ships to avoid the area.

The North responded with intensified testing activity while Mr Kim said he would "wait with patience until the end of the year for the United States to come up with a courageous decision".

Leif-Eric Easley, a professor at Ewha University in Seoul, said the North's strategy appeared to be to avoid making concessions in working-level talks, and if no summit with unearned rewards is on offer, to merely wait out the 2020 USA presidential election to then deal with a re-elected Trump or a new Democratic president.

The Mount Kumgang complex once drew hundreds of thousands of Southern visitors and was a symbol of economic cooperation between the two Koreas. Speaking to officials near the mountain, Kim vowed to overcome US -led sanctions that he said had both pained and infuriated his people.

Kim sent a letter to Moon to offer condolences to the South Korean leader after his mother died, according to Moon's office.

Experts also said that the condolence message should be interpreted in the context of the friendship the two leaders built through three summits previous year and added that it should not mask what the North is really up to as shown by the latest provocations.

North Korea's last launch of a ballistic missile came Oct 2, when it fired from an underwater platform a new type of weapon created to be deployed on a submarine, which had an estimated range of about 1,900km.

  • Sonia Alvarado